So, what exactly does ‘hear me all and listen good’ mean?
Well, just like every other phrase in the poem, it could have a myriad of interpretations, each one just as viable as the last.
Right off the bat, this phrase makes you think of sound. So, something like Hellroaring Creek would fit the bill. Or any other place-name which describes something you hear or speak.
But, there are other interpretations which would work just as well. Chief Ouray gave one of the most famous speeches in American history (well actually in a letter):
I take it we’re supposed to be hearing something?
“It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, to see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
Good might also be somewhat important, otherwise Forrest probably would have used ‘listen well’ instead of ‘listen good’. And, if that’s the case (FF chose good for a reason), it makes ‘in the wood’ the likely key to that stanza.
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
So, let’s see if we can find a location that fits both HEAR ME ALL and LISTEN GOOD.
With no further ado, I present to you, the Lake of the Woods Solve:
Ear Spring is right by Old Faithful and Solitary Geyser (hear me all and listen good).
Amphitheater Lake right down from Lake Solitude (alone) in Grand Teton National Park.
Possible Indian Chief connections:
Any other lake/stream/creek with a name that means something noisy or audible.
Unlikely - but an elegant solve nonetheless.
It’s nice how you are following power-lines the entire time from Home of Brown to the end. And, virtually every word in the poem is meaningful.
And, the location does seem to fit everything Forrest Fenn has said about placing the treasure. It’s the exact right distance from the closest parking space. It would be easy for an elderly man to accomplish. The location is beautiful and not well-visited. FF fished nearby constantly (this lake was stocked with fish when he was younger, but is barren now).
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In The Canyon Down|
|Not Far, But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place For The Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh...|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put-In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|